- a warrant of commitment to prison.
- a writ for removing a suit or a record from one court to another.
Origin of mittimus
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin: we send, first word of such a writ; see remit
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Examples from the Web for mittimus
He would not show us that, but caused a mittimus to be made, which mentioned that we "were to have had a meeting."
With this mittimus he delivered us to the constables to convey us to Leicester jail.
I still called to have the mittimus read; for that signified the cause of my commitment.
“Then,” said he, “I must commit you;” and ordered his clerk to make a mittimus.The History of Thomas Ellwood
He never once took his eyes off Palmer as he read the mittimus.The Crime of the Century
Henry M. Hunt
- law a warrant of commitment to prison or a command to a jailer directing him to hold someone in prison
C15: from Latin: we send, the first word of such a command